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sometimes feel like my head is under water

In china business by Michael Michelini1 Comment

i think we all have those days….but after hanging out with my friend Jon Conte here in Beijing, and our discussions about how we like being in china as compared to new york / usa. i’ve been in china since the end of 2007 – and have only been back to the united states in june of 2008…..Jon, like most …

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Baidu, China internet, and goverment relations

In china business, china seo by Michael Michelini12 Comments

This is a great example of how you need to have guan xi (good relations) in China. Even in the digital age, its important to have strong relations with government agencies and high power internet companies here in China…let me show here below. (breath in….) Man….how annoying…..after some talking in beijing to internet companies, i have been wondering why my …

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Applying a Work Permit in China

In china business by Michael MicheliniLeave a Comment

So….for years i have been so confused about how to get a proper work permit of visa in china….. Its freaking complex! Last year i applied, had 1 summer intern use it as her project for 1 month, it was a fulltime job – going to one government office to another – china police station, tax bureau, foreign affairs office….and …

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China is Beating India in English speakers

In china business, websites by Michael Michelini5 Comments

Reading this article has given me even more confidence that i am doing busines in the correct country in the world. India Times reports already by population there are more people in china speaking english than in india. The study estimates less than five per cent of the Indian population speaks English, which would mean that only about 55 million …

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Beijing business development trip

In china business by Michael Michelini3 Comments

been exactly 2 years since my first and only trip to beijing. not sure how it always ends up that i come here in the winter….for those not familiar with the location of various cities of china- i live in southern china (guangdong province, city of shenzhen) which is right across from hong kong. for the climate there, it never …

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Forrest Gump & Box of Chocolates

In motivation by Michael Michelini7 Comments

When i titled my blog “happiness in pursuit” i had the movie Forrest Gump behind it as well. Watched it countless times, and again just this past Sunday evening. Sure, its an old movie, and maybe there are tons of reviews existing, but this is my interpretation and critique of the movie. Follow destiny – Sure, he may not be …

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More Motivated Then Ever Before

In china business, motivation by Michael Michelini2 Comments

almost 2 years since moving to China. People ask me, Am I getting Tired of it? Am I getting worn out, losing motivation? I AM MORE MOTIVATED AND STRONGER WILL THEN EVER BEFORE Why? Because, I have been through the ups and downs. I have had: * government make me move my bed! , * have people claiming me for …

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white guys are scary barbarians

In business by Michael Michelini3 Comments

Trying to change my perspective, and noting what others have said, i would have to discuss the fact that in asia, white guys have been flagged as scary, or even barbarians. Well, if you back to “white” people, it goes to europe – an area that was in countless wars between its own countries and invading other lands. “americans” today …

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why cant we be the next donald trump?

In business, motivation by Michael Michelini1 Comment

I remember being a little boy, looking upwards at adults, wow, so tall, so smart, so experienced. My problem, is in some ways i treat myself still like that little boy looking up at the big boys, why? Sure, i am 28.5 years old now, is that young/old, smart/dumb, experienced/fresh – NO I am a big boy, and why cant …

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Trusting People And Scaling a Business

In business, corporate world by Michael Michelini3 Comments

I have to admit, it has always been difficult for me to fully trust a person…..which, is the opposite many people think of me. Often i am told i trust too easily (especially what chinese people say about all foreigners), BUT i think my main difference is that i trust easily on a limited basis, but for full trust, that …

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Bar SAMBA NIGHTS opening Saturday Night

In china business by Michael Michelini2 Comments

Gonna do it…open the bar – this saturday – halloween night, will be the opening debute! I’ve been back and forth in my mind, do it, or not to do it. But…I think it will be a good experience, and a good cross promotion for my bar products and liquor distribution businesses…..and I can learn the business where I am …

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Crazy Guangzhou City – America is so far away!

In china business by Michael Michelini4 Comments

The longer i am outside of the united states, the more i wake up and realize how easy life was there. Sad part is, i didnt know it until i left, and i dont think most of my friends and associates still there realize it now! For example, today i traveled back to shenzhen city from guangzhou city…..took the long, …

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did google destroy the service world?

In websites by Michael Michelini1 Comment

Bet that headline caught your attention, right? well, in some way, i would have to say google…..or more appropriately the internet itself, may have destroyed the service based industry…. Why would i say something crazy like this, and secondly, is what i say really all that bad? But if you think about things before there was internet….i remember as a …